Daniel M. I. Cole

Isaiah's Servant in Paul

The Hermeneutics and Ethics of Paul's Use of Isaiah 49–54

[Jesajas Knecht bei Paulus. Die Hermeneutik und Ethik von Paulus' Gebrauch von Jesaja 49–54.]

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Paul seems to read Isaiah's Servant with reference to himself. Daniel Cole examines Paul's use of texts within Isa. 49–54 to explain why the apostle does this and what the ethical implications are. He demonstrates that the coherent salvation history of the Servant prophecy guides Paul throughout.
Several early Christians identify Isaiah's Servant of the Lord as Jesus; yet Paul appears to connect the Servant with himself. In this study, Daniel Cole examines the hermeneutical warrants and ethical implications of Paul's use of texts within Isa. 49–54, arguing that this section constitutes a coherent prophetic narrative in which God saves a new people from sin by the Servant's death and subsequent work in his followers, the servants. While several Second Temple works interpret elements of this prophecy with differing conceptions of history, Paul sees Isaiah's Servant fulfilled in Jesus' death and subsequent spiritual union with the apostle. The author thus demonstrates that the coherent salvation history of the Servant prophecy provides both the interpretive framework for Paul's reading of Isaiah and the relational definitions for the imperatives that Paul places on himself and others.

Daniel M. I. Cole Born 1981; 2003 BE in Physical Metallurgy from the University of New South Wales, Sydney; 2009 BD from Moore Theological College, Sydney; 2018 PhD in Theological Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois; since 2017 Lecturer in New Testament and Greek, Trinity Theological College, Perth.


The following reviews are known:

In: Theologische Literaturzeitung — 148 (2023), pp. 50–52 (Rouven Genz)
In: Biblische Notizen — 197 (2023) (Thomas Wagner)
In: Old Testament Abstracts — 45 (2022), pp. 645–646 (Fred W. Guyette)
In: Religious Studies Review — 49 (2023), p. 228 (Zachary L. McNeal)
In: Theologische Revue — 119 (2023) (Eckart David Schmidt)
In: Journal for the Study of the New Testament (JSNT) — 45 (2023), pp. 49–50 (Steve Smith)
In: New Testament Abstracts — 67 (2023), pp. 307–308